Cape Peninsula

Trip Start Dec 27, 2008
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Trip End Jun 27, 2009


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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Charlotte and I specifically booked on a tour of the Cape that didn't include cycling, Charlotte can't ride a bike. However when we got picked up outside the hostel, the minibus had a trailer with fifteen bikes towed behind. Turns out, the cycling was optional on this tour but we were on the wrong trip (I'm sure it sounds like everything's going wrong on this trip but honestly, we are having the time of our lives, I love CT)

 In fact the tour was pretty cool. We were greeted by a small section of the Coon Carnival, which is basically black Africans dressing up like the minstrels for new year, i'm not sure how I feel about it, but they were very entertaining and looked extremely happy. We started at Hout Bay and went to Seal Island, as the name suggests, an island filled with around 600 bluberous beauties that had us in stitches as they clumsily belly-flopped into the water in their masses. We then travelled along the coast to Boulders beach to see the African Penguins (formerlly known as Jackass Penguins, ha!)  Passing sailors used to prey on the penguins and their nest, they have recently also become victim to vandalism but are now thriving and actually increasing in numbers. We travelled through Simonstown to Muizenburg beach. On the hill looking down on the beach we met the shark-spotter, a man employed to look down on the beach and radio down when he spots a shark. One guy we were with paid the spotter to radio down a fake sighting, the spotter obliged....... "ANIMAL   ANIMAL" he shouted down the radio, it was hilarious to watch the entire beach evacuate the sea, funny to think that some of those people may never brave the ocean again (although shark sightings are not rare at all).


 Later we travelled along the coast to Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. Cape point is widely thought of as the most southernly tip of Africa, though in fact it is simply not the case. A long walk up the hill to the lighthouse does provide spectacular views of the nature reserve below. On to the Cape of Good Hope which IS the most south-westernly tip of Africa,
the winds (gale-force) were incredible and I did nearly go flying along with one man's camera who had asked me to take his photo, luckily i'm an excellent athlete and managed to save my balance and his expensive camera.
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